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  • LETTER: Who’s Paying Attention to the WHO?   28 weeks 6 days ago

    Ok here is another suggestion for protecting you and your kids in the home from Radiation.

    These days a lot of kids are spending a lot of time indoors in front of computers and game consoles. If yours are in the basement you might consider opening the wndows a bit and letting the air exhange with fresh from the outside.

    What has that to do with Radiation?

    Well this area is one of the worst for Radon gas. That's because of naturally occuring Uranium in the soil and rock.

    And, unlike Electromagnetic Radiation, Radon actually is radio-active. Like Fukushima but not as hot. But unlike Fukushima, Radon gas here will cause cancers here.

    Health Canada states: "radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada next to smoking."

    The solution is the allow the air in your basement / home to not get stagnant.

    Or move to somewhere that Radon gas is not so prevalant ...

     

  • LETTER: Who’s Paying Attention to the WHO?   28 weeks 6 days ago

    Well I guess if Taser International can make up medical conditions to suit their purposes (Excited Delirium) then anyone can do the same, like 'low-level tasering'.

    But let's be clear: both of these terms are made up to try and make a point.

    While it is true that the IARC is part of WHO and is tasked with conducting and coordinating research on Cancer it is also worth noting that IARC is a political entity as well..

    The British Medical Journal the Lancet Oncology has opined in an editorial, that IARC's reputation is being eroded by the political fighting and secrecy.

    After all the research and studies are done, IARC's classification, the 'Group' designation, is achieved through a vote just like other political decisions.

    Unfortunately organizations within the U.N. have histories of being co-opted by 'sides' and, just like all political entities, political wrangling causes the 'official' stances on issues to change with the political winds.

    I'm not saying that scientists are not involved, that scientific research is not done, but that some of that research is in aid of agendas and the final decisions are 'voted on'.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Agency_for_Research_on_Cancer

    Heck I'm not denying that EMFs will interact with the material we are made of.

    And obviously not all of those interactions will be beneficial.

    BUT until we know what is actually happening and under what conditions and why not at other times and under other conditions - are we supposed to just put a halt to everything related to wireless communications?

    Many seem to get issue-related-amnesia when it comes to the thing that stokes their fears and passions.

    What about the effects of plastics in our environment? Increasing amounts of steroids and bio-medical substances in the water? nth-generational effects of environmental stressors on your parents and grandparents? Elevated levels of background radiation from 2000 nuclear tests?

    Back at the end of the 70s the EPA (in the USA) identified dozens of 'Superfund' sites. Places that were so contaminated they would require huge amounts of money to clean up.

    They also recognized that there were thousands of 'ticking timebombs' all over the nation. Places where nasty pollutants had been stored in containers doomed to fail after a while. And many of them are the results of 'midnight dumpers' so no one knows what was dumped, where, and when, in a lot of cases.

    When large studies are done to see the effects of something on the human body it is really difficult to account for all the possible sources that might also be contributing to the results.

    And people / groups doing studies to 'look for something' or 'prove a point' are in very grave danger of not doing science at all. That goes for those who think they are fighting the good fight as well as those who are paid by industry.

    Health Canada is, ultimately, a child of political process that must try and find the truth and balance the pleas of disparate forces that may show evidence of 'mutually exclusive truths'.

    I do not envy their position but I do suggest that until the guidelines are changed we should not be trying to make our local government behave as if the changes we wish to see had come to pass. Just as I do not wish to see our health care dollars wasted on treatments and procedures with no basis in medical fact. It ticks me off that we cannot have babies in our hospital anymore but somewhere in this province somebody's getting medical support to pay for 'healing touch' or some other non-proven alternative medical treatment. (I'm sure this won't endear me with many people but where's the science in that?)

    To insist otherwise is to tell those we elected (local govt) to make spending and infrastructure decisions not based on higher authorities but on opinions.

    With all that said … if Health Canada were about to change it’s guidelines and we really knew that then it would be prudent for city planning to pay attention.

  • OP/ED: Water metres -- not that scary   28 weeks 6 days ago

    I heard water referred to as an amenity by the first person to get up and complain to council a few meetings back. He used to be a teacher and should know better but I suspect he was just being 'flexible' with definitions to 'make his point'.

    What is an Amenity?

    It's a 'desirable' thing. Like the Library. The Pool. The Rink. The Skate Park.

    What is an Essential Service?

    Water. Sewer. Electricity. Policing. Fire Fighting. Health Care.

    One BIG difference is that not everyone NEEDS all the amenities BUT everyone NEEDS the essential services.

    When Essential Services are called Amenities someone is either making a sloppy mistake OR being sly.

    The effect on the casual (or passionate) reader / listener is to fall into a fallacious argument and believe it is truth.

    If it, water, was an amenity then every new house would have to pay for every single meter of water line going from the street to the vicinity of their house AND the labour costs involed in doing that. Or not. You could construct houses that have no water hookups.

    Obviously that is not allowed. And you don't foot the complete bill alone. Everyone knows that would be stupid AND wrong.

    So why is correct to cast an essential service as an amenity just to 'win an argument'? Is that also not wrong?

    And when I am presented with that argument by someone I have to wonder if they think I'm that stupid ... and then I feel just a bit insulted. Or I wonder if they're that stupid ... and then what they're trying to tell me gets filtered because if they made a mistake with that then what else is wrong with what they are telling me?

     

  • CONTEST: March 2014 -- Up to $200 from Your Dollar Store with More   29 weeks 11 hours ago
    Whoot whoot! I would love to do that. Craft supplies here I come. :)
  • LETTER: Who’s Paying Attention to the WHO?   29 weeks 11 hours ago

    I never linked this to the water meters. Good point. Maybe people could oped for an old fashioned type meter. I wonder what else besides turning off the wifi we could do in our homes to protect our kids?

  • REVIEW: Footloose   29 weeks 11 hours ago
    Great article!
  • OP/ED: Water metres -- not that scary   29 weeks 11 hours ago
    People will never be held accountable and act responsible unless there wallets are being hit. Good for you for standing up and expressing your opinion when it isn't the most popular at the moment.
  • OP/ED: Water metres -- not that scary   29 weeks 1 day ago
    When you look at your water bill the amount actually charged for the water is very small. The main costs are associated with delivery. Everyone is welcome to collect and store as much water as they like as it falls from the sky. (no license required for that yet I think). But I don't think it unreasonable to pay to have the water treated and delivered.
  • CONTEST: March 2014 -- Up to $200 from Your Dollar Store with More   29 weeks 2 days ago

    What a great way to run for your money. Mapping out how to run it would be so much fun. :)

  • OP/ED: Water metres -- not that scary   29 weeks 2 days ago

    Good points. But I stand by original thoughts. :) 

    I don't think it's fair that people should have unlimited access to this precious resource at the expense of everyone in the community. What has been happening is an abusive use of this service, in my opinion.

    Some of it, is the fault of government laws for requiring us to use clean drinking water for things like flushing our toilets instead of reusing grey water.  But the rest is just laziness, habit and -- dare I say for some -- a sense of entitlement. Washing cars with clean drinking water? Watering the lawn with water that has been purified? Yikes. 

    I think that taxpayers will be even more frustrated when all of their funds go to a massive system overhaul at the expense of other services -- like roads. That will happen if people don't learn to conserve. It's scary at first, but I think most people will be surprised at the end result.

    If you remember things like turning the water off when you aren't using it, filling up the washer and dishwasher before you turn it on, use water conserving toilets/appliances, keep showers as short as possible, definitely set up a rainbarrel system for gardeners, ... those brave souls that are willing to set up a composting toilet will see phenomenal savings.

    The average older style toilet uses something like 3 to 4 gallons of clean drinking water each time it is flushed. Even the best low flow toilets use around 1 to 1.5 gallons per flush. Toiletsuse around 30 per cent of the water usage each day. So at the very least people should be upgrading to low-flow toilets, if not trying other waterless approaches. Or you could follow the "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown, flush it down approach!" Ha!

    Once you start thinking about how wasteful we really are, it's crazy not to put a limit on the amount of water we use. 

    Many people in our rural communities have spent $20,000+ to dig a well and pay for the infrastructure to bring it to their home, only to have limited levels of water in the hottest months. They have already learned what a precious resource water is and how to conserve. And they pay taxes just like we do.

    Same as many other communities in BC. The smaller Gulf Islands often have a huge water shortage. The residents all have rainbarrels set up for their garden and sometimes for personal use like outside summer showers. They call it a 'lifestyle choice' to live in a beautiful location where they learn to live with nature and (from my experience) are often grateful for the lessons they have learned.

    We can learn to conserve too. It will just be an adjustment. 

    If you liked that video, you'll probably enjoy this one that shows how to set up a DIY drip irrigation system in more detail. A drip system and a heavy mulch will really limit the amount of water used for gardeners. Probably enough that you can use your rainbarrels exclusively for water in the summer ;) That with low-flow toilets and high-efficiency appliances and you'll probably end up saving money. :) And those that are worried about not letting their children play in sprinklers... well, we should be getting a spray park in the next couple of years and there are still lakes, rivers and a swimming pool for water play. 

  • LETTER: Find other means to conserve water.   29 weeks 2 days ago

    Um... No, it's like saying guns don't kill people, people do.

  • OP/ED: Water metres -- not that scary   29 weeks 2 days ago

    Shara,

    Thank you for your comments, some good points made, and also for the video clip on the rain barrel.  Very helpful.

    I did want to respond to your comment about water being necesary, and that it should be free.  As you say, water is necessary; it's necessary for life, like food and air.  The issue, as you have also pointed to, is about water delivery.  You say that "no-one is charging you if you have a drink from the river or lake."  That statement, in my opinion, is not very well thought through. 

    As residents of this community, we pay taxes for PUBLIC services, i.e. services that provide the collective community with amenities that we all benefit from and are responsible for carrying the cost of maintaining.  What if I were to say, "I don't have children and have not used the public education system here so please charge those who use the school system and reduce my taxes because I want schooling to be a pay-per-use affair?"  I doubt you'd think that was the right way to run that public service, and you'd be right.  Yet you think that people should either a) have to get their water "free" from the river or lake, or b) be made to pay for the use of something that is a public resource for the residents, businesses and industries who pay taxes here.

    My point is: water has always been free.  It falls from sky to water the ground, then it evaporates back up to come down again as rain (or snow).  Water meters are rationing devices that have nothing to do with water delivery, and everything to do with commodifying water, and that, I fundamentally disagree with.

  • CONTEST: March 2014 -- Up to $200 from Your Dollar Store with More   29 weeks 4 days ago

    Steph and I would have a blast in there...well done Chris-Anne and gang !

  • UPDATE: Perry Ridge logging protestors have change of heart   29 weeks 4 days ago

    Nope! You guys cannot stand the fact that other people have a different opinion than you professional protesters.  Get used to it! :)

  • LETTER: Find other means to conserve water.   29 weeks 5 days ago

    kind of like saying guns don't kill people bullets do ?

  • CONTEST: March 2014 -- Up to $200 from Your Dollar Store with More   29 weeks 5 days ago

    Thanks to both Shara and Your Dollar Store With More for offering the citizens of the Boundary area an opportunity like this!!!

  • CONTEST: March 2014 -- Up to $200 from Your Dollar Store with More   29 weeks 5 days ago

     


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  • CONTEST: March 2014 -- Up to $200 from Your Dollar Store with More   29 weeks 5 days ago

    That IS very generous....I'm game!!

  • CONTEST: March 2014 -- Up to $200 from Your Dollar Store with More   29 weeks 5 days ago

    OoOh looks like fun!  Could be a blast.

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  • CONTEST: March 2014 -- Up to $200 from Your Dollar Store with More   29 weeks 5 days ago
    Wonderful challenge!
  • CONTEST: March 2014 -- Up to $200 from Your Dollar Store with More   29 weeks 5 days ago

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  • UPDATE: Perry Ridge logging protestors have change of heart   29 weeks 6 days ago

    According to the Supreme Court of Canada (May 2013)

    "The failure by the Aboriginal individuals to legally challenge the issuance of the government authorizations to the logging company in the first instance was fatal to the individuals' ability to later plead defences against the logging company based on a breach of the duty to consult or treaty rights violations. "

    www.mcmillan.ca/Supreme-Court-of-Canada-holds-Aboriginal-rights-cannot-be-used-to-justify-road-blockades

     

  • UPDATE: Perry Ridge logging protestors have change of heart   30 weeks 1 hour ago

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/11/tech/web/online-trolls-sadists/

  • UPDATE: Perry Ridge logging protestors have change of heart   30 weeks 7 hours ago

    LOG IT!!! I need wood for my renos!!! CHOP IT DOWN!!